PancakesIngredients: 1½ cups self raising flour 2 tablespoons sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup milk 60g butter, melted Sift flour and sugar. Combine eggs, milk and butter and combine with dry ingredients. Mix well. Add more milk for a thinner consistency and more flour to thicken the mixture. Heat fry pan and cook pancake mixture. Once the edges brown or bubbles appear in the pancake, flip pancake to cook on the other side. Serve with fruit and syrup.
Berry BuckleIngredients: 1½ cups flour ¾ cup sugar 1½ tablespoon baking powder ½ tablespoon salt 1 egg, beaten ¾ cup milk ¼ cup butter, melted 1 tablespoon vanilla essence (AU) / extract (CA) 3 cups frozen berries ¼ cup sugar Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Spray glass baking dish with cooking spray. In bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl mix together egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix well. Pour into prepared dish. Toss frozen berries with remaining sugar and sprinkle over top of mixture. Bake in oven for 55 minutes or until cake appears cooked. Cool on rack and serve with ice cream!
PavlovaIngredients: 4 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon corn flour (AU) / corn starch (CA) 2 teaspoons white vinegar Preheat oven 150°C/ 300°F. Separate egg whites and yolks. Beat egg whites until fluffy. Add sugar, corn flour/starch and vinegar and mix well. On a baking tray, place a sheet of baking paper and place the pavlova mixture in a circle shape on top of the baking paper. Turn the oven down to 110°C/230°F and cook for 1½ hours. Take out of oven, cool and top with cream, fruit and chocolate.
Christmas Pudding with a White Rum Sauce
450g raisins (AU) / thompson raisins (CA)
450g sultanas (AU) / raisins (CA)
250g almonds, sliced
250g glace cherries
1 ½ cups sherry
450g brown sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3 teaspoons mixed spice
2 tablespoons golden syrup (AU) / golden corn syrup (CA)
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon bi-carb soda (AU) / baking soda (CA)
¾ cup milk
2 tablespoons rum (imitation or real!)
Combine all the dried fruit, peel, almonds and cherries in a bowl. Soak in sherry overnight – stir occasionally to increase absorption. Mix butter and flour together, add sugar, spice and breadcrumbs. Once mixed well, add eggs, syrup, milk and bi-carb soda. Lastly add fruit and mix well. Place mixture into greased pudding steamers. Boil in saucepan for 3-4 hours for a large pudding or 2-3 hours for a small pudding – be sure to check on water levels. If you do not have a pudding steamer, place mixture in a greased round ceramic bowl. Cover top with tin foil and use cooking string/elastic bands to seal so that the water doesn’t get in bowl.
Serve with custard and ice cream, or as I discovered this year – a wonderful white rum sauce. Melt butter in saucepan, add flour to make a thick paste. Lower the heat and cook for 1 minute (be careful not to burn). Using a whisk, slowly add the milk until the paste becomes a sauce (this will take about 5 minutes). Add the sugar and whisk until dissolved. Cook for 2 more minutes. Add the Rum just before serving.
Note: For the Canadian’s out there who don’t know what mixed spice is – here is a quick recipe – throw them together and mix well!1 tablespoon ground cinnamon; 1 teaspoon ground coriander; 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg; ½ teaspoon ground ginger; ¼ teaspoon ground cloves; ¼ teaspoon all spice.
Apple CrumbleIngredients: 6 apples ½ cup sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon 2 tablespoons brown sugar Topping: 1 cup flour ½ cup rolled oats ¼ cup coconut ½ cup sugar ¾ cup cornflakes Butter, melted, enough to combine (approx. ½ cup)
Peel, core and slice apples and place into a saucepan. Just cover with water, add sugar and stew apples. Once stewed, add cinnamon and brown sugar. Place apple mixture in an over proof dish. Combine flour, oats, coconut, sugar and cornflakes in a bowl, then stir in melted butter until you make a crumbly mix. Place crumble on top of apples and place dish in the oven at 180°C/350°F for 30-35 minutes or until top is crisp.
Roly PolyIngredients: 1 cup self-raising flour 1 tablespoon butter Enough milk to mix Pinch of salt ½ cup jam, you choose the flavour Syrup Topping: ½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter 1 cup hot water Rub flour and butter until it looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add pinch of salt and enough milk to mix until it turns into dough. Roll out flat and spread the jam over the base then roll into a log. Place in an oven proof dish. Combine sugar, butter and water together in a bowl then pour on top of the log. Bake in moderate oven (180°C/350°F) for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown. Hint: For all your Canadians out there, if you don’t have any self-raising flour in your home, this is how you make it from All Purpose Flour. Add 1½ teaspoon baking powder & ½ teaspoon of salt.